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AMUG Newsletter April 2019

By April 18, 2019June 28th, 2019

April 2019

President’s Report

AMUG 2019 was a very successful event by all measures. I could not be prouder of the people that made it happen.

Members, you once again heeded the call to make our conference unique by being open and willing to share in order to help others. It was truly impressive. Exhibitors and sponsors, you brought the best and brightest to share information from the stage, on the AMUGexpo floor, and in social interactions. AMUG team, you pulled together to make the whole week run smoothly.

There are too many highlights to cover, but I’d like to mention a few that stand out in my mind.

Our keynote speakers—Todd Grimm, Brad Keselowski, and Brian McLean—were fantastic and set the tone for each day. Prof. Gideon Levy was equally impressive in his Innovators Showcase appearance. Our new Training Lab format was well received, and it was a great example of our push to bring more workshop and hands-on styles of training to the AMUG Conference.

Our scholarship winners (Victoria Sears and Dr. Wenchao Zhou) showed that they deserved the honor. The future of AM looks bright based on the passion both exhibited. Equally deserving were the recipients of DINO Awards and Technical Competition Awards. It was also my honor to present Elizabeth Goode with the President’s Award for her tireless efforts in driving AMUG forward.

And of course, interacting with all of you was a true highlight of my time at AMUG 2019! I look forward to seeing you all once again in 2020.

Paul Bates

President’s Award Presented to Elizabeth Goode

For only the eighth time in its 31-year history, AMUG has presented its President’s Award. This prestigious award was presented to Elizabeth Goode, owner of Goode Ink, for her years of dedication and service. “This has been a long time coming,” said Paul Bates, AMUG president.

In her role as principal consultant, Elizabeth has been AMUG’s strategic advisor for the past seven years and has helped to transform AMUG from the roughly 262 members at our 2012 conference to the 2,071 members at this year’s AMUG Conference. “The time and energy that Elizabeth has brought to AMUG are priceless”, said Gary Rabinovitz, AMUG chairman. In total, Elizabeth has over 13 years of service to the users group and is a DINO Award recipient.

Congratulations, Elizabeth, on receiving this great honor.

Elizabeth Goode receives AMUG’s President’s Award.

DINO Awards

Congratulations to this year’s DINO Award recipients! From over 2,000 attendees, just 10 individuals were selected for their willingness to share and passion to drive AM forward. The 2019 DINO class includes:

  • Brett Charlton, BD
  • Jay Dinsmore, Dinsmore Associates
  • Rory Jackson, RAMP Inc.
  • Brett Lyons, Jabil Additive
  • Bob Markley, 3rd Dimension Industrial 3D Printing
  • Rick Moore, U.S. Army
  • Jeremy Pullin, Sartorius Stedim
  • Nate Schumacher, Midwest Prototyping
  • Tuan Tranpham, Desktop Metal
  • Jordan Weston, Milwaukee School of Engineering

2019 DINO Award recipients (missing: Brett Lyons).

2019 Technical Competition Winners

From 17 amazing entries in the 2019 AMUG Technical Competition, three (a tie in one category) came out on top. The interest in the entries was so high that our panel of judges (all DINOs) had to push through the crowd to get a look at the amazing AM parts/products.

In the Advanced Concepts category, first place was awarded to Erika Berg, head of application development at Carbon, for the digitally printed helmet liner by Riddell for its SpeedFlex Precision Diamond Helmet. Each liner is custom fit to a players head and produced with a lattice structure that uses custom energy-absorbing materials.

The judges announced a tie for first place in the Advanced Finishing Category. Maddie Frank of University Wisconsin – Milwaukee Innovation Center and Bill Braune of Met-L-Flo, Inc. were the recipients of first place. Maddie’s entry was a 3D-printed electric cello, modeled after her own classically made instrument, with a beautiful and unique finish. Bill’s entry, titled “The Master Chief” was a 30-inch-tall model of the Halo video game character of the same name. His skills and attention to detail brought this character to life in the real world.

The third-place finisher in Advanced Finishing was Andy Allshorn’s (At 3D-Squared) replica of the steering wheel medallion for a Century boat. In Advanced Concepts, second place went to Daniel Michalski (Ford Motor Company) and Robert Heath (Eckhart) for their lift assist alternative in manufacturing FWD transmission cases. Third place went to Jack King (DustRam LLC) for 3D-printed DustRam tools that allow dustless tile removal in homes and offices.

Technical Competition Winners.
Erika Berg—Helmet Liner; Maddie Frank—Cello; Bill Braune—Halo Master Chief.

2019 – 2020 Officers

On Wednesday, April 3, AMUG Members elected its officers for the coming year.

Taking the helm, Carl Dekker, AMUG vice president and president of Met-L-Flo, will serve as AMUG’s president. Paul Bates, AMUG president (manager at UL), will assume the role of past president. Andrew (Andy) Allshorn, AMUG global ambassador (owner of At 3D-Squared Ltd.), will assume the role of vice president. After serving an extended three-year term as past president, Mark Barfoot will step down but continue as a trusted member of the team.

The following were re-elected to their current positions: Leslie Frost, secretary (marketing operations leader at GE additive); Jamie Cone, vice president (engineer at BD); and Thomas Sorovetz, event manager (casting engineer at FCA).

The outgoing board of directors made the following appointments: Gary Rabinovitz, chairman (AM/3D printing lab manager at Reebok); Vince Anewenter, treasurer (director of MSOE’s RP Consortium); and Todd Grimm, AM industry advisor (president of T. A. Grimm & Associates).

The elected/appointed positions will serve from July 1, 2019, through June 30, 2020. These officers will also comprise AMUG’s board of directors.

2019-2020 AMUG officers/directors.

2019 AMUG Proceedings

We are in the process of wrapping up the proceedings for the conference, and it should be available to all conference attendees in the next few weeks. Once the proceedings are available, we will send an email from the AMUG secretary to let you know how to access the proceedings.

Were you a speaker at 2019 AMUG Conference and still need to upload your presentation? Please contact us at for instructions on how to include your presentation in the proceedings! Attendees are looking to connect with speakers and access your presentation. We have only received 50% of the speakers’ presentations.

Diamond and Platinum Sponsors, upload your presentations to ensure your customers continue their education. AMUG speakers, get your presentations online so we can continue the AMUG conversations after the conference.

TCT Hall of Fame Nominations

When TCT took the stage to announce the five nominees for its 2019 Hall of Fame, it was a pleasant surprise and quite a testament to the contributions of those in the AMUG community. Of the five individuals, three are long-time AMUG members and DINO Award recipients. Congratulations Prof. Gideon (Gidi) Levy, Graham Tromans and Todd Grimm. Rounding out the nominations are Prof. Phill Dickens and Terry Wohlers.

Of the five individuals, one will be named to the TCT Hall of Fame by public vote, which closes on June 18, 2019. To review the credentials of the nominees and to cast your vote, please visit TCT’s Hall of Fame page.

AMUG members nominated for TCT Hall of Fame: (L to R) Graham Tromans, Gideon Levy, and Todd Grimm.

Record Attendance

The final attendance tally is in. AMUG 2019 had a record number of total attendees, first-time attendees and countries represented. Growth over the 2018 conference for both total and first-time attendees was nearly 22%! Thank you for joining us in Chicago and making the event a huge success.

Save the Date

AMUG announced that the 2020 AMUG Conference will return to Chicago, Illinois, from March 22-26, 2020. The Hilton Chicago will once again be the venue for the conference as well as the primary hotel. The secondary hotel will be the Palmer House.

On October 1, 2019, AMUG will open registrations, reservations, and nominations on its website for:

  • Conference attendee registrations
  • Sponsor and exhibitor registrations
  • Hotel reservations
  • DINO Award nominations

With 2019’s success in mind, we highly recommend registering early as we expect to reach maximum capacity for attendees, sponsors, and exhibitors.


AMUG Recap: Additive Minds Innovation Challenge

For organizations today, the pressure to innovate is stronger now than ever before. And while an advanced manufacturing technique like additive manufacturing (AM) offers exciting potential for these organizations, the truth is many are struggling to leverage the competitive advantages this technology offers for their end-use parts. For today’s engineers, AM education is critical.

This is why we brought our Innovation Challenge on the road to this year’s AMUG. Created by our award-winning Additive Minds applied engineering and consulting team, the educational Application Sprint took participants through a rapid innovation process—going from a conventional application to an innovative part, all while developing new supply chains and business models. The outcomes were impressive; from motorcycle brake levers with cooling/heating channels, to customized glasses with a lock-in business model—the innovative power of more than 70 participants was on full display!

We can’t wait to see those concepts become a reality!

To learn more on how to unlock AM innovation for your own applications, email Additive Minds consulting manager, Fabian Alefeld, at, or visit

Innovation Challenge Training Lab at AMUG 2019.

Formlabs Advances Digital Fabrication with the Launch of Form 3 and Form 3L

At AMUG 2019, Formlabs announced the next generation of 3D printing technology with the addition of two advanced, professional Low Force Stereolithography (LFS) 3D printers to its hardware lineup: Form 3 and Form 3L.

Benefits of the LFS process include:

  • Incredible detail and surface finish: a flexible tank dramatically reduces forces on parts while printing.
  • Pinpoint precision: the Light Processing Unit (LPU) maintains a uniform, high-density laser spot to ensure accurate, repeatable prints.
  • Easy clean-up and smoother parts with tear-away light-touch supports.
  • Nonstop printing: Integrated sensors help maintain ideal print conditions and send you alerts about the state of your machine.
  • Constant uptime with upgradeable, modular components and foolproof design.
  • Remote Print: 3D print from anywhere via the online dashboard.

The LFS print process behind the Form 3 is built to scale: Form 3L simultaneously uses two Light Processing Units (LPUs) to bring large-format 3D printing in-house. Form 3L offers five times the build volume and two times the laser power of the Form 3 to print large parts fast. For more insights, visit

Formlabs launched two new 3D printers at AMUG 2019: Form 3 and Form3L.

Bigger is Better!  AMUG 2019 BigRep Recap

AMUG 2019 did not disappoint!  With more than 2,000 attendees, BigRep was able to leave its footprint as the industrial leader in large-format 3D printing by debuting and demonstrating the PRO and educating attendees through case studies by industry experts from Boyce Technologies and Ford.

With so much to see and do, we broke it down to the top 5 trends we saw and heard at AMUG.  Read BigRep’s full recap here.

  • The Search for an Alternative
  • I Feel the Need for Speed
  • The Future (or Now) is Bright for End-use Parts
  • I Want to be in Control of my Materials
  • Bigger is Better

What’s next for BigRep?  Subscribe to our newsletter and always be in the know.

BigRep team (and BigRep PRO) at AMUG 2019.


The Future with Farsoon

AMUG RECAP: Farsoon Technologies – Americas exhibited at AMUG 2019 as a Diamond Sponsor. Displayed at the “Open For Industry” booth was the Farsoon SS403P,  a high-volume production polymer laser sintering system, as well as an array of sample prototypes, materials, and solutions.

Farsoon exhibited parts produced on the new HT1001P production polymer laser sintering system and the FS421M metal laser sintering system. Farsoon also introduced the development of the new Flight™ Technology and copper material processing advancements in development.

As a Diamond Sponsor, Farsoon contributed to the tradition of the user’s group with demonstrations and presentations on the following topics:

  • Farsoon Technologies – Innovation for the Future (presentation)
  • The Future of Performance Materials in Powder Bed Fusion Technology featuring Chris Huskamp of Jabil (presentation)
  • Tooling Application Demonstration with Next Chapter Manufacturing featuring Jason Murphy of Next Chapter Manufacturing (demonstration)
  • Farsoon Technologies Additive Workflow Preparation Techniques using Autodesk Software (demonstration)

Stop by Farsoon’s “OPEN FOR INDUSTRY” booth, 1264 at Rapid + TCT in Detriot, MI from May 21-23, 2019!

In Case You Missed It

Another successful AMUG Conference provided a great opportunity to make new connections, see the latest technology and have some fun too. If you missed it, Stratasys announced several new products that open up exciting new opportunities for our customers.

The F120™ joins the successful F123™ Series of FDM® 3D printers, offering plug-and-print functionality and industrial-grade 3D printing at an entry-level price.

In a company-first, Stratasys introduced the V650™ Flex stereolithography 3D printer. What sets it apart is the printer’s configurable architecture and open-source material capability. Choose any 355nm resin you prefer or opt for up to four DSM Somos®-verified resins.

The Stratasys J735™ and J750™ printers are now PANTONE Validated. Pantone color selection is an easy choose-and-click operation and gives designers a simple but efficient tool for 3D printing with accurate color.

Find out more by visiting the F120, V650 Flex and J735/J750 pages at

The new Stratasys V650 Flex stereolithography 3D printer.

Streamlining Additive Manufacturing for Spinal Implants

Global engineering company, Renishaw, collaborated with two innovative technology companies to demonstrate the capability of metal additive manufacturing (AM) technology to produce lightweight spinal implants that mimic the mechanical properties of bone. As part of the project, manufacturing research organization Irish Manufacturing Research (IMR) designed and manufactured a series of representative spinal implants. IMR designed the implants using software from nTopology and produced them on a Renishaw RenAM 500M metal AM system.

Check out the full story.

Spinal implants created through a collaboration between Renishaw and Irish Manufacturing Research.


Thank You for a Successful & Inspiring Week at AMUG 2019!

It is great to see how the AMUG family grows along with the additive manufacturing industry. We are proud to be a part of this growing community, and we enjoyed having our discussions on the industrialization of additive manufacturing, sharing information on our unique optics system with 4 full-field lasers preventing the need for stitching, as well as information on our Dynamic Laser Assignment tool for maximum productivity and quality.

The most notable events were the inspiring hands-on Training Lab Sessions on ‘Controlling Powder Evolution in Laser Powder Bed Fusion’ by Shane Collins, and ‘Achieving Greater Control in Build Setup and Quality of Parts in Multi-Laser Systems’ by Dr. Mark Beard. We also received overwhelmingly positive feedback on the joint presentation of our CEO, Daan A.J. Kersten together with our fastest customer, Alfa Romeo Racing F1 Team (Sauber Engineering): ‘Additive Manufacturing in Formula 1: a wonderful basis for a solid business case’.

Looking forward to seeing you next year, but in the meanwhile, let’s stay in touch!

CEO Daan Kersten with Sauber Engineering representative presenting ‘Additive Manufacturing in Formula 1: a wonderful basis for a solid business case’.

Identifying Strong New AM Parts

3YOURMIND has been working with the German Railway company for five years to develop solutions to integrate additive manufacturing within their company and logistics chains. As of the end of 2018, Deutsche Bahn (DB) has printed over 15,000 replacement parts in both metal and plastic.

Now DB and 3YOURMIND are ramping up the number of use cases presented to the AM experts in the organization. The AM Part Identifier is accessible to all DB employees across Europe in an employee challenge to identify additional AM parts. Within seconds, employees can submit AM relevant criteria to be evaluated by the algorithms behind the AM Part Identifier. The most suitable parts are sorted for AM experts to further validate and compare business cases.

DB expects to increase the number of AM business cases running through their organization, adding savings in production costs and increasing the flexibility of its logistics network. It is the next step on the road to a digital spare part inventory.

AM Part Identifier helps DB employees find new use cases.

DSM Additive Manufacturing

DSM Developed Two Breakthrough High-Performance Materials for 3D Printing Structural Parts

DSM has introduced two new 3D printing materials, Somos® PerFORM Reflect and Novamid® ID1030 CF10.

With Somos PerFORM Reflect, DSM once again demonstrates its leadership in high-performing materials for additive manufacturing. Based on DSM’s industry-leading Somos PerFORM, the new PerFORM Reflect will again set new standards for 3D printing materials for Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) applications allowing you to go from SLA machine directly to the PIV test. By eliminating the need to apply PIV coatings to the printed parts, Somos PerFORM Reflect saves more than 30% in post treatment.

DSM also introduced a new carbon-fiber-filled grade PA6/66 filament, Novamid ID1030 CF10, for 3D printing. Despite the low carbon fiber loading of 10%­—much lower than other carbon-filled materials—it produces functional prototyping and industrial parts with properties close to what is usually achievable only by injection molding while matching the easy and fast printing of unreinforced plastics.

More information can be found here.

Two new materials: Somos PerFORM Reflect (left) and Novamid ID1030 CF10.


TRUMPF Strengthens Position as World’s Leading Laser Manufacturer

The high-tech company TRUMPF is acquiring 100 percent of Photonics GmbH from Philips, headquartered in Ulm, Germany. This opens up a new market segment for TRUMPF with technology used for smartphones, in digital data transmission, and in sensors for autonomous driving.  “With this acquisition, we want to open up new product fields and expand our existing portfolio,” said Nicola Leibinger-Kammüller, TRUMPF CEO. Through this acquisition, TRUMPF will expand into fast-growing markets in the photonics and digital product industries.

Read the press release here.

Automatic optical inspection in laser diode production at Photonics GmbH


GE Additive at AMUG 2019

What a fantastic time at the AMUG Conference this year. We hope that you were able to stop by our booth and see some of the exciting things we’re doing here at GE Additive. In case you missed it, here are some highlights:

  • GE Additive’s AddWorks™ executive Chris Schuppe led an informative customer roundtable with Eaton and United Launch Alliance(ULA). We also had the ULA part on display, which showcased our ability to print large-format parts.
  • Javier Arreguin, our materials and additive manufacturing expert from AP&C, presented on powder characterization methods.
  • The software team gathered feedback on our Build Prep and Machine Analytics Software in the training lab sessions. Thanks again, for everyone that joined and provided feedback.

We really enjoyed meeting and engaging with everyone at this year’s conference! And if you didn’t get a chance to stop by, or if you did and have additional questions, feel free to contact us at

Meeting, sharing and engaging at GE Additives’ AMUG booth.


3D Systems Expands Production Workflow Solutions with Nokia, rms Company and GF Precicast

Nokia, rms Company, and GF Precicast have integrated 3D Systems’ additive manufacturing solutions to transform their production workflows to achieve design freedom, increase agility, scale production, and improve overall total cost of operation.

  • Nokia—a global leader in telecommunications, information technology, and consumer electronics—has added 3D Systems’ Figure 4 Standalone to its “Factory in a Box” mobile manufacturing solution, demonstrating how manufacturers can stay ahead of the demands of Industry 4.0.
  • rms Company—a trusted supplier to top medical device manufacturers globally—has 12 3D Systems ProX® DMP 320 metal 3D printers with two DMP Flex 350 printers on order. They apply metal AM to new applications in order to meet customer requirements and generate new revenue opportunities.
  • GF Precicast—an advanced technology provider for the global aerospace and industrial gas turbine (IGT) markets—has integrated 3D Systems’ DMP Factory 500 and DMP Factory 350 metal additive manufacturing platform as an efficient, cost-effective alternative to investment casting of super alloys.

Turbine rear vane produced in LaserForm® Ni718 (A) on 3D Systems’ DMP Factory 500 Solution, which includes 3Dxpert and GFMS’ Cut E 600 for the separation process.

Essentium Survey Highlights the Potential of 3D Printing in the $12 Trillion Manufacturing Industry

As a major innovator in industrial-scale additive manufacturing, Essentium commissioned a survey exploring 3D Printing At Scale and shared the findings during AMUG 2019. The survey revealed that confidence in, and deployment of, industrial-scale 3D printing are at a tipping point amongst 3D production manufacturing stakeholders.

Over half of the respondents report to be preparing for full-scale 3D printing production runs, 21% now use 3D printing for full-scale production part runs, and 88% believe the economic advantage to manufacturing industries from production-scale 3D printing will be in the billions of dollars.

Given these insights, it’s not surprising that the introduction of the Essentium High Speed Extrusion (HSE) 3D Printing Platform™ has met with positive market reaction. In the first US public demonstration at AMUG 2019, the HSE showed how it resolves speed and scale obstacles to clear the way for a rapid shift to full-scale production runs using 3D printing in manufacturing.

Find out more about the survey:

A snippet of an infographic showing preparedness for production runs.

Walk the Walk When It Comes to 3D-Printing

By adapting conventional designs to additive manufacturing designs, BASF is using 3D-printed spare parts to increase efficiency at its own chemical plants. Everything starts at home, and BASF 3D Printing Solutions is committed to sharing our know-how and experience with the AMUG community. See you soon!

Our general track sessions include:

  • “It’s time for going Industrial with AM” by Volker Hammes (CEO of BASF 3D Printing Solutions) and Francois Minec (newest member of our executive management team).
  • “Start to Finish AM Solutions – Design & Simulation, Novel Materials and Finishing” by Kara Noack (Head of BASF 3D Printing Solutions in North America) and Andreas Wüst, (Head of Dynamic Structural, Analysis, BASF 3D Printing Solutions).

Our Training Lab sessions include:

  • Benchmarking of PA6 & Powder Materials for Industrial Applications: Laser Sintering vs. Injection Molding
  • BASF’s Ultracur3D Photopolymers – The Next Level of Additive Manufacturing
  • Application Driven Material Development for FFF
  • 316L Tooling Design and Fabrication via FFF (co-presentation with John Deere)

To learn more about how BASF is leveraging 3D-printing at their chemical plants, watch the video. For more information, please contact us at

BASF uses 3D-printed spare parts at chemical plants; see how in this video.

Thank You for Joining HP at AMUG 2019!

It was another fantastic AMUG Conference—and we truly enjoyed meeting and sharing latest learnings with you all! Following recent news that more than 10 million parts have been produced with HP Multi Jet Fusion in the last year, we were proud to showcase some of the latest HP MJF and HP Metal Jet applications for automotive, healthcare and industrial, as well as color HP MJF parts—including a functional car racing game!

A special shout-out to Dustram, one of the AMUG 2019 Advanced Applications award winners, who is testing HP MJF strength and robustness to the max—learn more about their application here. Thank you also to our partners and customers who joined us in making presentations, and thank you for the great feedback from attendees who joined the HP training sessions on color printing, HP MJF design tips & tricks and HP Services.

Slot car racing at AMUG 2019.


SLM Solutions Positions for Fresh Growth

The Supervisory Board of SLM Solutions Group AG has announced new appointments and nominations to its leadership ranks, while a capital injection of €13 million will continue to fund growth and development projects.

After the announcement in late 2018 that Uwe Bögershausen would not extend his contract beyond June 2019, the Supervisory Board of SLM Solutions resolved last week on appointing a new CEO to complete its Executive Board. Meddah Hadjar will join the company effective May 1, 2019, as CEO. Meddah Hadjar brings a wealth of international experience in product management, additive manufacturing, and engineering, having served in key leadership roles within the aviation, oil & gas and power & energy business units at General Electric, to which SLM Solutions has sold many of its selective laser melting systems.

Hans-Joachim Ihde, chairman of the Supervisory Board, believes that Meddah Hadjar’s broad international experience makes him the ideal candidate to lead SLM Solutions. “We are very happy to have signed Mr. Hadjar to bring the company back on its growth track.”

Read the full press release for more information.

Carbon® Goes Global with First Fully Integrated Digital Manufacturing Platform for Dental Market

Carbon recently unveiled the world’s first fully scalable production solution for the global dental market. The new dental platform provides an end-to-end solution designed from the ground up to meet all the needs of dental and orthodontic labs, enabling them to scale quickly and economically. As part of this expanded offering, Carbon also announced the following:

  • M2D printer: Perfect for mid-sized dental and orthodontic labs with lower volume needs.
  • L1 Production Solution: For high-volume production of clear aligner models.
  • Materials: A materials initiative to develop a fully recyclable resin for dental models and new third-party resins:
  • Keystone Industries KeySplint Soft Clear, exclusively for Carbon
  • Dreve FotoDent Castable for Carbon
  • Dreve FotoDent Indirect Bonding Tray
  • Dentsply Premium Denture Resin
  • C6 Cassette: An accessory for the M2, this product enables dental labs to do model and die production, faster.
  • Two new partnerships with Anaxdent and Skillbond, extending Carbon’s dental operations throughout Europe.

To learn more, visit our transforming dentistry page.

Carbon’s new scalable production solution for the global dental market.

ExOne at AMUG  2019

The ExOne booth was a hub of activity at AMUG 2019. We were pleased to once again be a Diamond Dponsor! The conference was a great opportunity to showcase the release of our new X1 25PRO™, which will be available for delivery in late 2019. The machine will also be formally unveiled at the RAPID + TCT event in May. Our booth featured a variety of MIM-quality metal parts, including 3D printed “Chicago hot dogs”, which were a big hit among conference attendees, 3D-printed sand cores and castings, as well as our Innovent+™ 3D printer, which features an ultrasonic recoater for powder dispensing with simplified powder changeover.

We were honored to have some dynamic speakers by multiple ExOne users present at the conference. The sessions proved to be quite dynamic, with presenters sharing valuable insights on their additive journeys. A big thank you to these industry experts and valued ExOne customers:

  • James Thompson, Los Alamos National Labs
  • Paul Prichard, Kennametal
  • Amy Elliott, Oak Ridge National Labs
  • Yoya Fukuda, Kimura Foundry America
  • Brandon Lamoncha, Humtown Products
  • Dave Rittmeyer, Hoosier Pattern
  • Magnus Bostrom, Sandvik

It was a very impressive gathering, and we’re looking forward to AMUG 2020!

Snapshots of the activity in ExOne’s AMUG 2019 booth.

3D Printing

AMUG 2019: What to Expect?

At 3D Printing Industry, we’re excited that AMUG 2019 is now only a couple of weeks away. We’re looking forward to getting reacquainted with long-term attendees and also meeting many of those who will visit for the first time.

You can take a look at some of the highlights from last year’s event in our article here.

Ahead of this year’s event, we asked keynote speakers Todd Grimm, LAIKA’s Brian McLean and NASCAR’s Brad Keselowski for insights into how they are using AM and what attendees should expect from AMUG 2019. See you in Chicago!

AMUG 2018 opening night.


Voting Now Open for 2019 TCT Hall of Fame

On the main stage at AMUG 2019, we officially announced the five nominees for the 2019 TCT Hall of Fame.

Shortlisted by the TCT Expert Advisory Board, The TCT Hall of Fame recognizes and celebrates members of the additive manufacturing and 3D printing industry who have dedicated a lifetime of research, development, innovation, and promotions of 3D technologies. This year’s nominees are: Prof. Phill Dickens, Todd Grimm, Prof. Gideon Levy, Graham Tromans, and Terry Wohlers. Cast your vote here.

We also announced a further collaboration with Women in 3D Printing on the launch of the ‘Women in 3D Printing Innovator Award’ that will shine the spotlight on female innovators leading the charge in the world of design-to-manufacturing. The shortlist will be created by Women in 3D Printing’s international network of ambassadors, and the winner will be determined by a public vote, which will open in May at

TCT’s Head of Content, Strategy & Partnerships, Jim Woodcock, announces Hall of Fame shortlist at AMUG 2019.

RAPID + TCT 2019 Thought Leadership Panels Announced

The RAPID + TCT 2019 Thought Leadership Panels will bring together some of the most well-known names in additive manufacturing to discuss industry trends, the impact of marketplace demands on AM, and AM advancements in automotive and aerospace.

Trends that Will Impact Your Future
Tuesday, May 21 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Terry Wohlers, Wohlers Associates, Inc.
Panelists: John Dulchinos, Jabil, Inc.; Cynthia Flanigan, PhD, Ford Motor Company; Donald Godfrey, Honeywell Aerospace; Markus Seibold, Siemens AG

Leveraging Additive Manufacturing for Enhanced Productivity: The Manufacturer’s Perspective
Wednesday, May 22 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Vyomesh Joshi, 3D Systems

Additive Manufacturing: What’s Real, What’s Not, What’s Next
Thursday, May 23 | 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Moderator: Lonnie Love, PhD, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Panelists: Eric Barnes, Northrop Grumman; Tyson W. Brown, PhD, General Motors Global R&D; Matt Gimbel, Penske Racing; Alan Taub, PhD, LIFT, University of Michigan

Register for RAPID + TCT 2019.

Make Parts

Design Tips on 3D Printing a Train

Here’s a fun story for your entertainment. An application engineer at GoEngineer was challenged to create a fun, 3D-printed train for kids. He wanted to make something that was easy to print and assemble, while being a functional train that would go around a floor or table. Plus, he wanted a train that didn’t require a track, one that could be immediately ready for action. Here’s how he went about it.

Read the approach to a 3D-printed kids train here.

3D Metal Printing

AMUG Takeaways in Spring 3D Metal Printing

A record attendee and exhibitor turnout at AMUG 2019 in Chicago earlier this month resulted in plenty of technology news and developments. The Spring issue of 3DMP recaps the conference, offering a look at new products, company news, and info-packed presentations. We’ll also detail advancements in software and printing techniques that enable better outcomes from maxillofacial surgery. And find out how an Israeli machine shop made the successful leap into 3D metal printing.

Paul Bates, president of AMUG, opens AMUG 2019 in Chicago by revealing a record turnout of 2000-plus attendees and 93 exhibitors.

Additive Manufacturing Magazine

Additive Manufacturing Needs an Executive’s Eye

Additive manufacturing is sometimes discussed in contrast to “subtractive manufacturing,” but that’s not entirely accurate. Whereas a subtractive machine tool specializes in one specific type of operation, an AM machine may displace casting, assembly or other operations. Its impact extends beyond the manufacturing floor, potentially touching everything from marketing to shipping.

As such, the decision to implement AM should come from someone with a broad view of the organization; someone who can see the potential impact across design, production, operations, accounting and company image. The best person for this evaluation is likely to be the CEO. Learn more, or share this story with yours.

EOS North America president Glynn Fletcher describes one of the chief obstacles to realizing the promise of AM: Frequently it is the wrong person in the organization evaluating AM’s adoption.

Metal AM Magazine

Missed Your Free Copy of Metal AM at AMUG 2019?

If you didn’t receive your free copy, don’t worry—you can read the digital edition today.

The latest issue of Metal Additive Manufacturing magazine, along with all of our back issues to date, is available to read for free via the Metal AM app for iOS and Android, in your browser, or as a PDF download.

The latest issue features the following exclusive features from the AM industry:

  • From rapid prototyping to rocket engines: The evolution of 3T Additive Manufacturing
  • Natural resources and national strategies: How metal additive manufacturing is taking off in Australia
  • Scalmalloy® is too expensive and design optimisation only makes sense in aerospace. True or false?
  • Safety management in metal additive manufacturing: Observations from industry
  • Senvol: How machine learning is helping the U.S. Navy optimise AM process parameters and material performance
  • Understanding build failures in laser powder bed fusion: An overview
  • MAMC2018: Vienna hosts ASMET’s third Metal Additive Manufacturing Conference
  • Euro PM2018: The processing and properties of additively manufactured aluminum alloys

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Additive Manufacturing Users Gather to Address Challenges, Advance Industry

Nearly 2,100 people gathered in the Hilton Chicago March 31-April 4 to learn from one another, check out the latest technologies and network at the Additive Manufacturing Users Group (AMUG) 2019 conference. Like the 3D printing/additive manufacturing sector itself, the AMUG conference continues to grow. Now in its 31st year, the volunteer team of conference organizers said this was the largest conference yet. During those presentations and conversations, three topics came up again and again: materials, additive manufacturing software and workflow challenges. Read about them here.

Stratasys booth at AMUG 2019.